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New playgroup assists parents and children

ROUSES POINT - After having children, some parents may be looking for the company of other parents as they raise their children. It was for this purpose the Rouses Point Playgroup was formed.

Four years ago, Heathir Fosher had her first child, Sam. With not much to do in Rouses Point, Fosher traveled to Plattsburgh to participate in activities with her son, but last August, everything changed.

"We just had a baby in August and driving one kid to Plattsburgh was a hassle, two is just about impossible, and I just got frustrated," Fosher explained.

To combat her problem, Fosher contacted the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country to find if there was a way to begin a playgroup in her area.

"When you're home with two kids, they don't have access to other children a lot of the time," Fosher said. "As a mom, I don't have access to other moms. So, we kind of started looking for different resources to be able to get back with other parents ... and other kids."

Fosher's hope to have a playgroup couldn't have come at a better time.

CCCNC had mailed forms out to various areas looking for people interested in starting a playgroup within their town.

"We kind of had been on hold with that area looking for someone to lead it and Heathir just happened to call and it fit," explained Family Connections coordinator Leslie Coulombe.

The Rouses Point Playgroup was formed in mid-February, and is held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Champlain Children's Learning Center, free of charge.

The little money needed to support the playgroup comes through mini-grants from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Stewart's Shops, which pays for a small stipend for Fosher, who is the playgroup leader, and any needed supplies.

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